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OK! HD4870 or GTX260, quickly please

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August 26, 2008 3:12:26 PM

OK! I've got everything pinned down!
P5E mobo or P5Q,
2GB DDR2 800 OCZ (4-4-4-15) or 2x2Gb DDR2400 Reaper
Deffinitely now going for the Q6600 with a tunic tower cooler.
500 Seagate 7200.11 32mb cache
NZXT Tempest
and a Corsair TX 750W

BUT I want people's oppinion on the graphics card

I've narrowed it to the Power Color Extreme PCS HD4870 (£159.99) (with its new cooler and faster clocks) or a Gainward GTX260 (£139.99) (which is actually £20 cheaper than the HD4870)

so people, OPPINIONS PLEASE, and quickly please. only have my 10% off voucher for 4 more days.

The powercolor also only has a 1yr warranty, compared to 2 years on the Gainward GTX260


(anyone seen any reviews/benchmarks of the extreme HD4870?)

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August 26, 2008 3:47:40 PM

ALSO, will be gettin a 20" Samsung LCD 2ms mointor, 1680x1050 resolution.
August 26, 2008 3:59:06 PM

The HD4870 is a little faster than the GTX260.
I would get the HD4870 since you are going with a Crossfire motherboard.
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August 26, 2008 4:02:16 PM

The x38 and p45 mobo's are just so much better for the money than the nforce. the 780i only goes up to 1333MHz FSB and 1066MHz RAM.

the overclocked HD4870? or standard HD 4870?
August 26, 2008 4:06:33 PM

4870 is the better card.
August 26, 2008 4:11:04 PM

and what of the new oc'd HD4870 with the new cooling system. moving away from the noisy, inefficient reference cooler. anyone know what the PCS cooler is like on the powercolor?
August 26, 2008 4:15:52 PM

baldinie said:
and what of the new oc'd HD4870 with the new cooling system. moving away from the noisy, inefficient reference cooler. anyone know what the PCS cooler is like on the powercolor?

Mine runs at 48c idle, 65c on load with fan at 40-45% so it's not really as bad as it is for the 4850.
August 26, 2008 4:25:18 PM

4870 hands down

for your setup i would add at least another 1gb of ram. Some games like to use nearly 1gb bythemselves.
August 26, 2008 4:36:17 PM

ok, just that at guru3d the GTX260 did better in world in conflict, the kind of strategy games i play. but everyone seems to agree on the HD4870, even tho its not the cheapest anymore. so that's what i'll go with.

Thanx everyone
August 28, 2008 8:54:02 PM

OK! I've heard that the new HD4870 PCS from powercolor has a big problem with its bios n that it keeps shutting down, over heating or something. SO should i get a standard HD4870 for around £155 or GTX260 for around £130?
August 28, 2008 9:02:21 PM

4870, no contest.
August 28, 2008 9:03:46 PM

is it true that the HD4870 PCS has lots of problems with the bios, or was that just the pre-production test cards? does anyone know
August 28, 2008 9:10:19 PM

In al the newegg user comments the Power Color boards were given 5 eggs. Doesn't look like it has been a problem.
August 28, 2008 9:14:22 PM

ok, al stick with the PCS then. £10 more for a card which one guy at overclockers said he got a score of P8985 in 3DMarks vantage, close to a GTX 280 in vantage. also, am going with DDR2 2x2GB reaper 1066 ram on the P5E mobo. decided the extra 16x slot on the P5E over the P5Q pro would give me more options in the future.

thanks guys, been a great help!
August 28, 2008 9:21:36 PM

You won't need a the 1066 RAM unless you are going for a big overclock on the CPU. DDR2-800 would be fine.

August 28, 2008 10:48:52 PM

there's only £8 difference between reaper800 and reaper 1066. Might as well get the higher spec and not have it pushed, give a more stable platfrom. unless u think i cud get away with just OCZ platinum. Same timings and voltage as the reaper, but no fancy heat pipe/heat sink. but about £20 less
August 28, 2008 10:51:51 PM

scrap that. at 4gb 1066 the platinum is only £5 less than the reaper 4gb 1066. its the the 2gb 1066 platinum which is much less than the 2gb reaper 800